The National Glass Association’s (NGA) Protective Glazing Council and Protection Engineering Consultants (PEC) will host the first joint Security Window Design Workshop & Training. The workshop and training are set for August 14-16, 2018 at the Westin Tysons Corner near Vienna, VA. The 1-day Workshop will be followed by a 2-day version of the PEC Blast Resistant Window Design Training course updated to include natural hazards and additional man-made threats.


Registration is open now through the NGA (GANA) website. There are several registration options for Security Window Design Workshop & Training: Workshop Only, Workshop and Audit Training, and Workshop and Full Training. Fees vary for each option. Registration will close Friday, August 3rd.


Contact us at or Carrie Davis directly with any questions.


View the full Security Window Design Workshop and Training Schedule here.

The Workshop will take place on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and will consist of six 45-minute presentations from NGA members on current and emerging window products and systems in the topic areas listed below:

  • Natural Threats: wind, hurricane/tornado, seismic and fire
  • Man-made Threats: blast, ballistics, forced entry and electronic

The Training will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, August 15-16 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and is an updated version of PEC’s past Blast Resistant Window Design training class. Glass hazards are of primary interest in the design and assessment of buildings subject to extreme loads as most casualties in these events are caused by flying glass debris. In this training course, instructors guide participants through in-depth discussions of window design and analysis for natural and man-mad threats. Topics include:

  • Introduction to design criteria and standards for natural (ASTM, ICC, ASCE, ANSI) and man-made (UFC, ISC, VA, ASTM, NIJ, UL) threats
  • Computation of threats: methods and tools
  • Introduction to design methods (static analysis, dynamic analysis, testing)
  • Design and analysis of windows, frames and mullions
  • Window design software (SBEDS-W) and advanced analysis methods
  • Design issues for multiple threats
  • Window retrofit challenges

Problem sessions will allow for hands-on design examples using provided computers. Using software and knowledge acquired during the course, participants will predict the response of a window and supporting structural system, then discuss and compare results.

PEC Instructors:

Dates, Times and Locations

Dates: August 14 – 16, 2018

Times: Tues. – Thurs. 8am – 5pm


The Westin Tysons Corner

7801 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, Virginia


Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day. Refreshments will be provided Tuesday and Wednesday evening during the networking events. These meals are included in the course fee.


The Westin Tysons Corner has set aside a block of rooms for course participants at a negotiated rate of $99 per night. Make a reservation here to take advantage of this rate. Participants may, of course, arrange other accommodations, and there are many exceptional locations in the area.

Networking Events:

Networking events will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights to promote further discussions on topics discussed each day. Meet classmates and presenters, renew acquaintances and make new friends.


Security Window Design Workshop and Training

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